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Ksenia Smertina

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Ksenia Smertina, the co-founder of Russia Direct, has extensive experience in working for Russian think-tanks and major Russian universities where she has been dealing with international accreditation procedures and universities participation in international rankings (THE, Shanghai, QS). Currently Smertina works as head on science and education program for one of major Russian charity foundation.

26.08.2016

The good, the bad and the ugly of Russia's Paralympic ban

The good, the bad and the ugly of Russia's Paralympic ban

The ban of the Russian team from the 2016 Rio Paralympics can either be used as a way to unite society around a common cause or as further fuel for cynical propaganda

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23.08.2016

What to expect from Russia's new education minister

What to expect from Russia's new education minister

The appointment of a new Minister of Education indicates that Russia’s educational system still needs to be reformed. At the same time, the shakeup could be a tactical move to meet the demands of voters before the 2016 parliamentary elections

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08.05.2014

Russia's soft power shouldn't add up to propaganda

Russia's soft power shouldn't add up to propaganda

Konstantin Kosachev talks about the impact of Ukraine's crisis on Russia's soft power

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28.04.2014

Russia's Defense Ministry: NATO-Russia ties to be hard to restore

Russia's Defense Ministry: NATO-Russia ties to be hard to restore

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov comments on the growing rift between Russia and NATO, suggesting that NATO is once again architecting a policy of containment against Russia

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17.03.2014

For Russia, soft power doesn’t have to mean being a softy

For Russia, soft power doesn’t have to mean being a softy

Russian International Affairs Council's Andrei Kortunov and Marina Lebedeva from Moscow State Institute of International Relations discuss the challenges Russia faces in improving its image in the aftermath of the Crimean crisis

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06.03.2014

Russian soft power still has some hard edges

Russian soft power still has some hard edges

While Russia’s authorities pin hopes on soft power to improve the country’s image abroad, they should be also mindful about hidden risks and challenges the soft power concept presents

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19.12.2013

Putin’s Christmas Surprise: The Khodorkovsky Pardon

Putin’s Christmas Surprise: The Khodorkovsky Pardon

President Putin’s pardon of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, announced at his annual press conference, could improve Russia’s investment climate and lead to goodwill ahead of the Sochi Olympics

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14.06.2013

Putin-Obama talks: Six biggest issues on the agenda

Putin-Obama talks: Six biggest issues on the agenda

International involvement in Syria and Afghanistan, cyber security, economic cooperation, nuclear reduction, missile defense and fighting terrorism will top the agenda for the two presidents’ bilateral meeting in Northern Ireland.

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